When you visit Saginaw Dental Centre, we want to make sure you and your children feel at home. Our family dentists strive to make a kid’s first dental visit fun and painless so they don’t develop a fear of the dentist chair and are motivated to keep their smile in tip top shape.
For adults who have dental anxiety we also offer certain procedures with sedation to ensure overall patient comfort and satisfaction.
When Should A Child Visit The Dentist?
A child’s first visit should take place around their first birthday. It’s important to check erupting teeth as there is the potential for tooth decay as soon as they appear! More than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten so it’s important to not delay a child’s visit to the dentist. On their first visit we will examine the teeth, jaw, and oral tissues. We will also check for issues with their bite and bone growth before performing a gentle cleaning, polishing surfacing teeth.
How To Keep Your Smile Looking White and Healthy
Brush & Floss everyday
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Avoid Sugary Drinks and Snacks
Don’t Suck Your Thumb!
Visit the Dentist
First Dental Examination
Your child should have his or her first dental appointment after the first tooth appears and before his or her first birthday. While children do lose their "baby" teeth, or primary teeth, these teeth are instrumental in helping children speak and chew properly. Additionally, these primary teeth create a path for their permanent adult teeth to follow when they erupt. Dental check-ups are also important opportunities to create a good foundation for ongoing oral hygiene and give parents the chance to ask any questions they have about a child's oral health.
You child's first dental visit will include scaling and polishing, fluoride treatment, a soft tissue examination, brushing and flossing instructions, a developmental examination, and nutritional counseling for maintaining good oral health.